Women and girls need somewhere to sit and do their “toilette”. An elegant vanity table with a classic mirror is a good idea. Even a makeshift one fashioned out of a folding table with a nice cloth upon it is very helpful. When I was a child, one of my memorable Christmas presents was something I had been seeing on television. The jingle went like this: “A little girl becomes a lovely lady, with a vanity all her own…”. To go with the vanity, I received a small wooden bench covered in white sheepskin with a poodle-head, tail and legs. I imagine that lots of girls got those things for Christmas in the early 1960s.
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• 2 tablespoons of active dry yeast
• 1 and 1/4 cup of warm water (110° to 115°)—hotter water will kill the yeast
• 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (do not use canola oil, which tastes fishy in baked goods; peanut, corn or pure vegetable oils are preferred)
• 1/4 cup of sugar, any variety
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon of salt
• 3 and 1/2 cups of unbleached or all-purpose white flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Then, add the egg, salt, and flour.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead for about four minutes, until smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed. Form the dough into a ball, cover, and let it rise for ten minutes. Divide the dough into 12 flat, round pieces. Place 3 inches apart on buttered baking sheets.
Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake on top oven rack at 400° for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Monitor closely to prevent burning. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. This recipe makes twelve hamburger buns. For dinner rolls, do not flatten but shape your twelve dough pieces into balls.
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, Elegant Survival 2008